Nurses pose wearing tissue boxes full of ping-pong balls, for one of the silly games that took place during Nurses' Night Out. They are (from left) Sallie Lefler of Marion; Erin Sanders of Chilhowie; Ava Mitchell of Marion; and Brenda Tanner of Sugar Grov
Nurses from around Southwest Virginia and the Tri-Cities region said they had fun Tuesday night at an event put on to recognize the work they do every day: Nurses' Night Out.
"I think that it's just wonderful the way that the nurses in our area and our community are being recognized," said Brenda Tanner of Sugar Grove, a nurse at Francis Marion Manor in Smyth County. "It really makes them feel appreciated."
The first-time event was held to recognize those who work in a demanding and often under-appreciated profession, said Tiffany Hickman, sales manager for FM94, which hosted the Nurses' Night Out event at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway.
"FM94 recognizes this is an industry that is under-acknowledged and under-appreciated. People in the medical field don't go to a job; they commit to a lifetime of keeping others well," Hickman said. "We just wanted to take a moment during National Nurses' Week to thank the people who work in our medical community for their dedication to keeping our communities healthy."
The event included a DJ, food, games, vendors, and a motivational speech from Alan Bracken, who encouraged nurses to take time for themselves to avoid burnout.
"What you do is important, Bracken said, recalling his experience at a hospital when, at the age of 12, he overturned a tractor on the farm. "The nurses that I know and have been in contact with, they give hope, comfort and help -- and sometimes they need to be reminded of how important that is."
Based on the enthusiastic turnout, Hickman said the radio station is planning on doing a nurses' appreciation event again next year.comments powered by Disqus